My Stomach Hurts! How Can I Relieve the Pain?
Test Your Knowledge
Are Lemons Acidic or Alkaline?
Why We Get Stomach Aches
Every since I can remember, I've loved eating cookies, candy, ice cream, and anything else I can get my hands on. I don't know why but eating those types of foods always makes me feel better (at least while I'm eating them).
When I was younger, I didn't have much willpower when it came to eating those types of foods so I would eat and eat and eat until I had eventually achieved a stomach ache. And that pain was horrible! You know the feeling of eating so much food that you want SO badly to force yourself to gag just to relieve the pain?! I sure do and it's not fun!
Home Remedy to Relieve Pain
So what can be done in the moment of desperation where you don't want to gag yourself (because that's NOT healthy) but you want to relieve the horrible pain in your stomach? Try this home remedy out...
Drink lemon juice (about 1 or 2 lemons worth).
Lemons are fantastic if you didn't know. They are VERY alkalizing and help restore balance within your stomach. What happens is this: people eat a lot of cooked food. People eat a lot of sugar. Cooked foods and sugar are very acidic.
When you add too much acid to your diet, you're bound to get a few stomach aches. But adding a counter (lemon juice) to the mix, you're forcing your stomach's PH to lower back to a proper level.
Follow drinking that lemon juice with about 8 to 10 ounces of water and you'll be good to go in no time.
Benefits of Lemon Juice
What to Watch Out For...
Many people will tell you that lemons are acidic because they're citrus. This belief is INCORRECT.
Lemons are citrus BUT they are actually alkaline.
But, sugar is acidic. So if you think that having one of those pre-made, store-bought lemonades the next time you have a stomach ache is going to help, think again.
You want to drink lemon juice by itself. No sugar. Remember, it could have been the sugar that got you into this mess.
So the next time you have a stomach ache from either food poisoning, eating too much cooked food, or eating way too much Halloween candy...reach for the lemon juice. It will help you save a trip to the bathroom (if you know what I mean).
Stomach Ache Remedy
- 2 oz. Pure lemon juice
- 1 Cup Water
- Wash outside of lemon, removing all dirt and debris.
- Cut lemon in half with knife (or toothpick and floss if you're Chuck Norris).
- Squeeze lemon juice from entire lemon into cup.
- Remove all lemon seeds.
- Drink all juice immediately.
- Drink 8 oz. of water to help soothe stomach further.
How to Extract Juice From Lemon
If you're daring, you can just squeeze the lemon with your hands to remove all juice. This method works for me.
However, if you have small cuts or open sores on your hand, be aware that lemon juice will cause these wounds to burn and sting.
If you're interested in using a tool to remove the lemon juice I recommend the following...